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38. Belatedly I loved thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new,
belatedly I loved thee. For see, thou wast within and I
was without, and I sought thee out there. Unlovely, I rushed
heedlessly among the lovely things thou hast made. Thou
wast with me, but I was not with thee. These things kept
me far from thee; even though they were not at all unless
they were in thee. Thou didst call and cry aloud, and didst
force open my deafness. Thou didst gleam and shine, and
didst chase away my blindness. Thou didst breathe fragrant
odors and I drew in my breath; and now I pant for thee.
I tasted, and now I hunger and thirst. Thou didst touch
me, and I burned for thy peace.